Florida Domestic Battery Attorney
Anything from a heated family argument, to a minor disagreement between live-in partners can lead to allegations of domestic violence. People from all walks of life find themselves under the radar of law enforcement officers when allegations of domestic violence are made. Unlike other crimes (like driving on a suspended license or trespassing) domestic violence charges carry a stigma that can lead to embarrassment and humiliation. In fact, being found guilty of domestic violence charges can have serious repercussions for your life and family. While domestic violence allegations are often the result of a simple misunderstanding, they can also be the product of serious abuse.
Essentially, domestic violence is abuse or violence that occurs between those in a specified familial or intimate relationship. Abuse can be physical, emotional, verbal, or even mental. Victims of domestic violence tend to let the abuse go unreported, often because they are being manipulated by the abuser. Because the violence and/or abuse goes unreported, it often escalates over time. Because of the prevalence of injury and death, and the exposition of high publicity cases, Florida law has grown increasingly strict on domestic violence.
It is not uncommon for law enforcement officers to make arrests following complaints, even when no physical injuries are apparent. Further, it is not uncommon for prosecutors to pursue domestic violence charges, even when the alleged victim recants their initial allegations, or refuses to testify. Typically, the state has specialized prosecutors who aggressively pursue domestic violence charges against alleged abusers. These prosecutors are specifically trained to handle the multiple legal issues involved in domestic violence cases.
Domestic violence charges include the following:
- Assault and Battery
- Sexual Assault
- False Imprisonment
- Restraining Order Violations
Defending domestic violence charges requires strong investigative tactics and careful legal strategy. No two cases are the same, and each requires an abundance of guidance, strategy, and discretion. If you have been charged with an act of domestic violence, you need someone on your side that understands the system and how it works. An experienced criminal attorney can reduce your chances of conviction and minimize the consequences that a charge can have on your life.